Minnesota teachers vs. Teach for America

  • Article by: Claire Hilgeman
  • Updated: June 24, 2013 - 8:03 PM

It's really no battle. Teach for America teachers don't have the same skill set.

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dave9398Jun. 24, 13 8:36 PM

From the article - "Do we really want the possibility of students in our most challenging educational environments being taught by people who are in the field because they couldn’t find a job after their graduation?" --- Do we really want these students being taught by educators who are forced to join a union that will fight to keep poor teachers employed?

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dave9398Jun. 24, 13 9:03 PM

Also from the article " I currently work as an academic adviser at the U" --- I quick look at the U of M web site indicates you are an assistant academic advisor. Does this mean you are required to work under the guidance of an academic advisor?

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comment229Jun. 24, 13 9:08 PM

dave9398: show us all how much you know by telling everyone how the union fights to keep poor teachers employed. We would all like to hear your thoughts on due process and tenure. Yes, that's right, I am challenging you to tell us all what you know about these two topics. We're waiting.

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lawstarJun. 24, 13 9:20 PM

If as the author postulates teaching is an art, then it follows that in spite of hours of educational courses, it cannot be taught. It can be tested in the classroom. The mechanical aspects of teaching, eg. lesson plans, etc., should not take months to assimilate. More important is knowledge of the core subject and motivation. It may not even hurt if the Teach for America teacher is older and has some experience outside of education-e.g. (gasp) working for a corporation or meeting a payroll.

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kamkamJun. 24, 13 9:36 PM

No one is "forced" to join Education Minnesota. Fair Share Members pay only a portion of the union dues because they have signed the union negotiated contract, and the union continues to negotiate contractual issues for those members. Teachers can choose to become Full members, which gives them union protections beyond the contract.

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wplettfanJun. 24, 1310:24 PM

Unfortunately the legislators will probably be far too busy to step into a classroom. (sarcasm) The legislators should pass a law that puts them in as a substitute teacher for at least 5 days a year. They make the laws/budgets/mandates for the schools, they should spend time in the trenches.

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braxozJun. 24, 1310:33 PM

kamkam Jun. 24, 13 9:36 PM No one is "forced" to join Education Minnesota. Fair Share Members pay only a portion of the union dues because they have signed the union negotiated contract, and the union continues to negotiate contractual issues for those members. Teachers can choose to become Full members, which gives them union protections beyond the contract___________ You should emphasize that the contact and its provisions are the same whether you are a union member or not . If you are not a union member and have a contract issue, the union is obligated to support you.

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keychaJun. 24, 1310:36 PM

The premise is either that you believe anyone can teach and as such we should stop all the focus on licensure requirements, or that there are not enough quality people out there looking for teaching jobs. I wonder if we are ready for Bridge Builders for America to do the work of Structural Engineers next. On the other hand this could be all about jabbing the Education unions.

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kamkamJun. 24, 1310:57 PM

Excellent clarification, braxoz. Thanks!

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ronniereaganJun. 24, 1310:58 PM

President Obama (rightly or wrongly) has stated we need to stop paying doctors for procedures and start paying them for keeping patients healthy. Now can someone please tell me why we cannot make this same statement for teachers? Why are we paying teachers to teach rather than having student learn? A doctor has as much control over his patient as a teacher does with their student's parenting. Will someone please explain this double standard?

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